Monday, December 29, 2014

TWD ~ Gingerbread Bûche de Noël

TWD ~ Gingerbread Bûche de Noël

Happy holidays everyone! Hope you all enjoyed your holiday celebrations! Tuesdays with Dorie picked the very appropriate...Gingerbread Bûche de Noël, for this week.
Roulades and I go way back! My mom was the Jelly Roll Queen! I remember watching her bake those wonderful confections as I stood by her side, amazed at how she took that flat cake, filled it with her homemade jam, then rolled it seamlessly without a crack to be found! Since I’m my mother’s daughter, baking has always been a passion! My mom taught me an abundance of life’s lessons. She also taught me how to be quite competent in the kitchen! Christmas always brings up such bittersweet memories. My mom passed away a few years ago, and there has not been a Christmas since, where my heart doesn’t experience emptiness. Even at my mom’s most confused state, we would still bake together. Interesting how life takes us through a series of cycles…. I now bake with my daughter and granddaughter! Hopefully creating some lovely memories!


A perfect dessert for Christmas…or even New Years…enjoy!
I was delighted to tackle the Bûche de Noël.  It certainly was a show-stopper! This Bûche had several steps, so being organized would be a good thing! I decided to make the pecan praline filling, the day before I baked the cake. The most challenging thing at that point, was trying to keep my hubby from eating the pecan praline. It was yummy! I also made the cream cheese filling the day before. The next day, I tackled the geniose style gingerbread sponge cake. The cake was a bit more complex, then other sponge cakes I’ve made. When I poured the batter into the pan it seemed to deflate a bit, but it turned out lovely despite that.  Rolling the cake, after it comes out of the oven was easy. If you have never done this before, make sure you roll it while it’s still quite warm. Check out Dorie’s video with Melissa Clark. 
I loved the marshmallow frosting. It was a stunning, snow white frosting, that looked beautiful when spread on the cake. Just like freshly fallen snow! However, I found this recipe makes way too much, leaving a lot left over. Calling for four egg whites, I might try to cut the frosting in half next time.  
Wishing all my TWD friends a fabulous New Year! Happy Baking and Happy Holidays!

You can find the recipe in Dorie’s new cookbook "Baking Chez Moi”.  The perfect gift for any baker you know.  It has also been published 
herealong with a video. Check out what the rest of the TWD bloggers did with this one, here.   


Cake rolled inside a towel after removed from pan
Unrolled from the towel, filled with the cream cheese filling, and rerolled
This was a show-stopper dessert and enjoyed by all on Christmas Eve! 
Luscious! Happy Holidays everyone!


21 comments:

  1. It's beautiful:elegant and festive. Perfect!
    I haven't baked with the group in ages. my apologies.
    Best season greetings.

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  2. What a beautiful cake, it's really beautiful. I'm sure your mom would have loved it - so special that you can now bake with your daughter and grand daughter.
    Mary

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  3. Beautiful! I made the frosting with 3 egg whites instead of 4 and decreased the rest accordingly. I really piled on the frosting and only a a small amount leftover. Loved this one!

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  4. So pretty Kathy, Your mom would be very proud of you, you've definitely followed in her footsteps!

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  5. Absolutely beautiful Buche de Noel Kathy!
    Happy new year!:)

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  6. Dear Kathy, Christmas is a happy yet difficult time. It brings so many memories that are so bittersweet.
    Your log looks delicious. I could never eat one slice and it would definitely call to me from the frig.
    I hope you have a very Happy and very Blessed New Year. xoxo Catherine

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  7. What a beautiful holiday log!
    Happy New Year, Kathy!
    Angie

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  8. Kathy, your bouche is a marvellous spectacle. Your Mom taught you some amazing skills. Wishing you and your family a Happy New Year!

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  9. I'm with your husband. I took another bite of the praline every time I walked by it! Luckily I wasn't organized enough to make it to the day before, or I would have had none left. Your cake came out beautifully!

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  10. What a beautiful and celebratory dessert! I bet the pecan praline filling was amazing!

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  11. Your mother taught you well, your cake looks perfect! I clearly need more practice. I made half the frosting recipe and that was plenty. Love the family story, I can relate. Happy New Year!

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  12. Your cake is beautiful! There was a lot of that frosting wasn't there, and I used only 3 egg whites - 2 would be perfect!
    Happy New Year!

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  13. What a beautiful cake, Kathy! And so lovely that it brought back memories of your Mom.

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  14. Your buche looks perfect! You're your mother's daughter for sure!

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  15. You really outdid yourself this year Kathy! I have never done a jelly roll and have just the vaguest memories of my mother doing one when I was young, so I appreciate the tips. Perhaps I will have to give it a try next Christmas!

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  16. I think you are now the jelly roll queen, Kathy :-) I think that is the most even roll out of all of these cakes.
    Happy, happy New Year.

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  17. Beautiful! Next year I'm coming to your home for the holidays. I'll bring my two Havanese too - they love helping in the kitchen!

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    1. Christy, You and your two Havanese would always be welcome!!

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  18. Wow! Wish I did not pass on this recipe. That last photo is fabulous, Kathy!

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